INDIA, February 19th, 2014 (travPR.com): The Holy Amarnath Yatra (pilgrimage) 2014 dates have been announced. The 44-day Yatra will commence on June 28, an auspicious day as per Hindu Calendar and shall conclude on Raksha Bandhan on 10 Aug, 2014. A very special puja will be conducted on June 13, the day of Jyesth Purnima, to invoke the blessings of Lord Shiva for the safe yatra. This year, 7,500 yatris (pilgrims) on a per day per route basis will be allowed to register for the pilgrimage. This excludes Yatris who travel by helicopters to Panjtarni. The registration process is expected to commence on 1st March 2014.
In view of the complaints received from yatris last year, a new design of Yatra Permit Registration Forms has been created, which will have a number of high security features. This will ensure that the Yatra Permit Forms are not duplicated by unlawful elements. The Yatra Permit Form will be available at the designated 422 Bank Branches.
It is mandatory that the intending Yatris furnish the prescribed Compulsory Health Certificate (CHC) issued only by the authorized Doctors/Medical Institutes. No other certificate will be accepted. There is no change in the format of CHC this year. CHC must be issued only after February 1, 2014. The intending yatris must be above 13 years and below 75 years of age.
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For Hinduism Today's feature story on the 2012 yatra.